Friday, May 06, 2005

Quick Change Artist.

When I return from traveling the first thing I avoid is unpacking and laundry.

Email and regular mail gets my primary attention and thankfully that is really distracting. There were 67 pieces awaiting me, and none of them required finding information or writing a check.
Then I might wander around the kitchen looking to see what is growing fuzz in the refrigerator, and needs to be tossed. Seeing what my husband has been cooking in my absense is evidenced in the sink, countertop and with any luck the dishwasher. Realising that nothing worth eating is left, I make my way to the grocery store and life starts to come under my control again, somewhat.
Eventually I have to brush my teeth which requires finding my cosmetic kit in one of the suitcases, and thus begins the unpacking process.
I am leaving again on Thursday next, so I really don't want to unpack my quilts suitcase, but I am not teaching the same thing at this upcoming gig, so it does necessitate a switch. I have to unroll and reroll about 40 quilts and find the ones I need, and put away the others and this is the most troublesome part.

Here is the site of the big switch. What a mess.

Don't I have any respect for my work? Not lately. The guest bed is the only surface in the whole house that is large (and cleared off) enough to strew all my work. This is how I left it before I went to NY and it remains like this today. So it faces me, and I promise myself to take care of it today, if it is the only thing I actually do get done.

There is just a tiny bit of laundry to do and that will be next. Now that I have my mp3 player loaded with tunes and three books, I will be distracted enough to enjoy the process. Perhaps.

I have a wardrobe of lovely clothes that I bought with the thought that it would be great to wear this outfit when I lecture or teach. But those never get packed in my suitcases. Instead I bring all black stuff that doesn't wrinkle and coordinates with all the other black stuff I bring.

I am going to Maine next and I haven't ever been there, so I am thinking about wearing warm clothes, and will pack my black sweater this time. Is it smart to bring a turtleneck this late in the Spring?


  1. Oh yes, bring a sweater. Even in summer, bring a sweater. Maine spring can be very fickle and is locally known as mud season.
    I remember one summer a radio station had a contest on who could guess which day it would hit 100 degrees. Needless to say no one won.
    Lisa - the first 29 years of my life were lived in Ye Grand Old State of Maine
    P.S. I hear you're coming to Poway next January. Yipee!

  2. It's a mess, but it's lovely in its colorful disarray.

    I only visited the beautiful state of Maine once, but it was very chilly. Regarding sweaters, it probably depends on your indoor climate. Will those classrooms or lecture halls be overheated or frigid? My answer to everything: layer. Jen

  3. I see from my kitchen thermometer that it is 57 degrees at 10:23 am here in Maine. Yes, bring a sweater. I think you can get along without a turtle neck. Would you like to borrow my orange jacket? Or maybe I could get you one at Goodwill, if they have any left.

    About the tooth brush... have you considered buying an extra so you have one in the cosmetic bag and one that stays home in the bathroom so you don't have to search it out upon your return?

    Looking forward to seeing you on Friday.

  4. For the same reason, cravings and yo-yo dieting will never be completely clear-cut. I don't think, anyway. But posts like this post at least give a different view and make you think about it - maybe even for the first time.

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